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After Irma, Shelter Residents Weigh Whether To Brave The Roads — Or Wait It Out

Germain Arena in Florida's Lee County offered refuge to some 5,000 people as Hurricane Irma approached. After two days there, many of them were anxious to go even though the roads out weren't clear.
Flooding outside the Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., where some 5,000 people sought shelter from Hurricane Irma. Source: Meredith Rizzo

Stephen Ward arrived at the Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., at 4 in the morning on Saturday as Hurricane Irma was making its approach.

On Monday morning, after the storm had passed, the elderly Fort Myers resident was unhappily looking out over the parking lot at the arena where some 5,000 people had sought

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